22 JUMP STREET

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 112 minutes

I could go on about what a laugh-a-minute rabbit hole of self-referential brilliance this is…


Posted on June 17, 2014 by

EDGE OF TOMORROW

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 113 minutes

Liman’s the brains behind the Bourne franchise so one approaches the picture with great expectations of breathless action, depth of character and narrative dazzle. One is in for great disappointment…


Posted on June 11, 2014 by

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116 minutes

MacFarlane gives us old cowpoke tropes viewed through a lucent new lens. A spectacularly naughty place to visit that no one in their right mind would want to live in, the West has never been this wild…


Posted on June 4, 2014 by

CHEF

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 115 minutes

Leisurely paced, filled with great, unforced dialogue and wall to wall with comic scenes improvised so masterfully they seem polished, “Chef” is a one-of-a-kind celebration of friendship, the bond between father and son, and fresh starts…


Posted on May 26, 2014 by

GODZILLA

1 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 123 minutes

If devastation porn is your cup of tea, this is the picture for you. That’s all it has to offer. No characters developed enough to care about, no narrative coherence, no tweaks to the genre, not so much as a suggestion of humor and zero metaphors. Just monster-on-monster, building bashing action like you haven’t seen since maybe last week…


Posted on May 19, 2014 by

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

The guy didn’t shoot a frame and changed the course of science fiction anyway…


Posted on May 14, 2014 by

THE SELFISH GIANT

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

The world Barnard creates here is so alien it might as well exist in another galaxy. So unrecognizable is the dialect subtitles are often required. At the same time, the story she tells is movingly universal…


Posted on May 8, 2014 by

THE OTHER WOMAN

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 109 minutes

Nothing in this upside down ode to empowerment is remotely believable-much less entertaining-and no one in the cast does anything which even vaguely resembles acting…


Posted on April 30, 2014 by

LE WEEK-END

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 93 minutes

Come for the Paris sights; stay for the emotional bloodbath. C’est l’amour…


Posted on April 26, 2014 by

OCULUS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

You know a filmmaker’s got something when he can take a trope as overused as a mirror and make you forget for a couple hours all the cliched ways they’ve been utilized in movies over the decades…


Posted on April 14, 2014 by

ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

While Karasawa gives her space to revisit career highpoints, the film’s primary focus is on what it’s like, having spent one’s life in the spotlight, to contemplate facing that final curtain. Brassy and brutally unguarded, Stritch isn’t one for sugarcoating…


Posted on March 27, 2014 by

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

Time after time, Morris backs him into factual corners and, if the legendary director’s latest falls at all short, it’s in his reticence to go for the gotcha moment…


Posted on March 19, 2014 by

TIM’S VERMEER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 80 minutes

It’s hardly surprising that a movie made by Penn and Teller would feature a mindbending stunt. What you’re less likely to expect is that the magicians aren’t the ones who perform it and it’s a 17th century Dutch masterpiece that’s pulled out of a hat…


Posted on March 15, 2014 by

THE GREAT BEAUTY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 142 minutes

Sorrentino’s Oscar winner literally does not have a dull or meaningless moment. The picture’s asides, its incidental vignettes, say more than most entire movies…


Posted on March 6, 2014 by

3 DAYS TO KILL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 117 minutes

Costner’s performance provides an appealing counterweight to the story’s flightiness, however, along with enough good old fashioned movie star magnetism to hold its disparate elements together and make this film a better time than it has any right to be…


Posted on February 26, 2014 by

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